Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian met on December 1 with Chilean Foreign Affairs Minister Andrés Allamand and International Economic Relations Undersecretary Rodrigo Yáñez. Franck Riester, Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness, attached to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, will also host the Chilean ministers today.
These meetings are in keeping with our two countries’ close bilateral relationship characterized by shared values and numerous areas of cooperation. This made it possible for France to reiterate its support for Chile during this period of reform ushered in by the constitutional referendum on October 25.
Mr. Le Drian and his counterpart, Mr. Allamand, discussed the health crisis and the importance of a multilateral response to the pandemic. France and Chile, which share strong ambitions in regard to the fight against climate change, protecting the environment and protecting biodiversity, reiterated their desire to achieve ambitious results at the COP15 in Kunming and the COP26 in Glasgow.
Mr. Le Drian and Mr. Allamand shared their concerns over the situation in Venezuela on the eve of legislative elections without democratic guarantees and reaffirmed the need for a political solution to this crisis, whose number-one victim is the Venezuelan people.
The ministers discussed updating the association agreement between the EU and Chile. They addressed the prospects for deepening our bilateral economic relationship and the development of industrial partnerships that meet the goals of the energy transition and sustainable development (lithium, green hydrogen) as well as current investments, in particular the Santiago airport operated by Aéroports de Paris (ADP) and Vinci.
Mr. Riester also addressed updating the association agreement between the EU and Chile, from which France expects ambitious results, especially with regard to the lifting of non-tariff barriers, access to procurement markets, and commitments by the parties to sustainable development.